All That We Let In

Fill It Up Again

Won't have you see me as your sad sack
Lost my something and I can't get it back
Or a kill on your trophy rack
I checked my schedule now my train is rolling down a track
Past the sadness of the salt flats
To the prospect of the land fat
Or just a lazy orange house cat
On the sofa where I'll be put up

You've been the hole in my sky,
You're my shrinking water supply
Before my well runs dry
I'm going round round round the bend
Fill it up again

I'd like to say that it was clear to me
Love triangle geometry
But in the end it's still a mystery
The placement of affection and the disarray
I gathered up the courage that it took
Made that bed
I took one last look
And you could hear the pages flapping in the wind blown
Book of my days, my days

You've been the hole in my sky,
You're my shrinking water supply
Before my well runs dry
I'm going round round round the bend
Fill it up again

One tank gone, second thoughts are on my mind
What's this trip gonna cost me this time
The devil I know is starting to look awfully kind
But the new road is an old friend
Fill it up again

Hole in my sky, my sky, my sky
Hole in my sky, my sky, my sky
Hole in my sky, my sky, my sky
You've been my hole in my sky
You're my shrinking water supply
Before my well runs dry
I'm going round round round the bend
To fill it up before my well runs dry
Before my well runs dry
I'm going round round round the bend
Fill it up again

Come On Home

Dark clouds are coming in like an army
Soon the sky will open up and disarm me
You will go just like you've gone before
One sad soldier off to war, with enemies that only you can see.

Dishes stacked, the table cleared
It's always like the scene of the last supper here
You speak so cryptically, but that's not news to me
The flood is here it'll carry you
And I've got work to do

Come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
Come back here and shut the door
I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles.

There is fire and there is lust
Some will trade it all for someone they could trust
There's a bag of silver for a box of nails
It's so simple the betrayal
Though it's known to change the world and what's to come.

Just come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
Don't you recognize them anymore
I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles.

There's the given and the expected
I count my blessings while I eye what I've neglected
Is this for better is this for worse
You're all jammed up and the dam's about to burst

I hear the owl in the night
I realize that some things never are made right
By some will we string together here
Days to months and months to years
What if everything we have adds up to nothing

Home come home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
Come back here and shut the door
I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles

Heartache for Everyone

You spent five years saying you'd come my way
That's a little more waiting than a heart can take
Yeah but now that I know it's just a fantasy
I feel a hard time coming around for me

I said oh
Oh oh
Oh oh
There's a heartache for everyone
Oh oh
Oh oh
There's a heartache for everyone

I spent two years saying give me a chance
Hey I'd clean it all up and I'd take your hand
But not forever it was understood
Yeah but just for a while it would do us some good

I said oh
(I'm waiting to restore my life)
Oh oh
Oh oh
There's a heartache for everyone
(I'm waiting to restore my faith)
oh oh
oh oh
There's a heartache for everyone
I'll wait for you until I know
There's a heartache for everyone

Hey valentine I'm just a stumbling around
Who knew that Paris was such a lonely town
I'll meet you at the bridge where we wanted to kiss
Or take the high road and be done with this

Hey valentine I'm just a stumbling around
Who knew that Paris was such a lonely town
I'll meet you at the bridge where we wanted to kiss
Or take the high road and be done with this

I'll give you six more weeks baby just in case
You can change your mind you won't be replaced
Are we looking at a lifetime of regret
(Looking at a lifetime of regret)
Oh just one little moment that we'll never forget
(Just one little moment that we'll never forget)

I said oh
(I'm waiting to restore my life)
Oh oh
Oh oh
(I'm waiting to restore my faith)
There's a heartache for everyone
oh oh
oh oh
There's a heartache for everyone
I'll wait for you until I know
There's a heartache for everyone
I'll wait for you until I know
There's a heartache for everyone

Dairy Queen

I heard that you were drunk and mean
Down at the dairy queen
Now there's just enough of you in me
For me to have
This sympathy
And take it in stride
I know I had mine
And you were as kind
I am told

Ain't it funny how we lose one day
And a lifetime
Slips away
I'm looking back on us that way
Something I I never thought I'd say
I take it in stride
I know I had mine
It was good for a time
I am told
It was good for a time I am told

The love you gave was not for free
But the price was truly fair
I never felt so glad to be
So well spent
So beyond repair
And I take it in stride
At least you were mine
If not for all time
Enough to hold
Oh at least
Enough for me to hold you

Now take good care that you are true
You said you found it hard to do
And find that bit of faith that sets you free
From having everything to prove
And you take it in stride
And know you've got mine
And it's good for a lifetime or more
Hey I love I love you
More and more
Oh I love you more and more
Yeah

Free In You

A hard knock
A cold clock
Ticking off my time
A long look
But no luck
Couldn't seem to find
Or unwind
Into peace of mind
Though I was trying

A quick glance
A big chance
My heart beat like a drum
I saw you
And I knew
Chances just don't come
Round again
Not like this
First a laugh
Then a kiss

And I'm free in you
I've got no worries on my mind
I know what to do
That's to treat you right
And love you kind
Thank you ever on my mind
Love is just like breathing
When it's true
And I'm free in you

The lost time
And self crime
Are my big mistakes
A clear voice
A bad choice
Sounding like an ache
In my day
Not too bad
But too real
To go away

But now I'm free in you
I've got no worries on my mind
I know what to do
That's to treat you right
And love you kind
Thank you ever on my mind
Love is just like breathing
When it's true
And I'm free in you

And I don't know
How you show
Such gentle disregard
For the ugly in me
That I see
That for so long
I took so hard
(I took so hard)
But I truly believe
(I truly believe)
That you see the best in me
(That you see the best in me)
I'm in love
For your love
And the thought
Sets me free

Free in you
Got no worries on my mind
I know what to do
That's to treat you right
And love you kind
Thank you ever on my mind
Love is just like breathing
When it's true
And I'm free in you
Yes I'm free in you

Something Real

I've seen the sun on a funeral, the full moon in a midday sky
Tactician politician hold his head and wonder why
I'm always struck that much harder by the power of suggestion
By now I know the answer's always in the question

Now that we're done with that why don't you warm the car
All of the fields are filled with fresh boys playing football
More than the weather chills, the bands practicing their drills
I've got to get back to something real with you

I had to call your parents to get your number again
I was either gonna be the prodigal or the banished friend
We were standing against an outside wall,
I was afraid of what you'd say
It took me ten years to call you back but here we are today

Now that we're done with that why don't you warm the car
All of the fields are filled with fresh boys playing football
More than the weather chills, the bands practicing their drills
I've got to get back to something real with you

So life has brought you this: two marriages and three kids
And me a life as slick as ice that finally hit the skids
You're as sweet as you ever were
A slight sickness of regret washes over me
And in the end that's all I get

Now that we're done with that why don't you warm the car
All of the fields are filled with fresh boys playing football
More than the weather chills, the bands practicing their drills
I've got to get back to something real
I've got to get back to something real
I've got to get back to something real with you

Perfect World

We get to be a ripple in the water
We get to be a rock that's thrown
We get to be a boy on the bridge
Standing over the reservoir

I see the water lap along the shoreline
The buried forest of a man made lake
The cemeteries are laying underneath it
Your heart like a dam when it breaks.

We're floating, we're swimming
And in this moment we are forgetting
What it costs, what it takes
For one perfect world when we look the other way

I'm okay if I don't look a little closer
I am driving with the tank full
I'm okay I if don't see beyond the shore
The sun is blistering the black top road
I'm okay I don't have to do the killing
We are talking cellular and mobile
Or know what the killing is for
As if it's come kind of cure for this world of woe

We are talking, we are driving
And in this moment we are denying
What it costs, what it takes
For one perfect world when we look the other way

It's one perfect world
Perfect world
When we look the other way
It's one perfect world
Perfect world
When we look the other way
It's one perfect world
Perfect world

If you can't see beyond the myth of isolation
And the miracle of daybreak doesn't move you anymore
Connect the points and see the constellations
As the night comes down on the reservoir

We are swimming, we are floating
And in this moment we are beholden
To what it costs, to what it takes
For one perfect world
Can we learn to live another way?
It's one perfect world
Perfect world
Can we learn to live another way?
It's one perfect world
Perfect world
Can we learn to live another way?
It's one perfect world
Perfect world
It's one perfect world
We get to be a ripple in the water

Cordova

The volunteers, they come for your prayers
And some souvenirs,
With ivory skin and boycott lessons
Year after year

Well I'm tracing your face up in the space of the bottom bunk,
Oh Cordova.
Where I cried and I cried,
I knew I was trading on things that I didn't have,
The things I didn't have.

Now you come to me
With revolution's infidelity,
With blacklisted friends and tupperware kin,
And your big history

Well I'm tracing your face up in the space of the bottom bunk
Oh Cordova
Where I cried and I cried
I knew I was trading on things that I didn't have
The things I didn't have

I memorize the lullabies
Of dwindling lives.
The lay of the land, the touch of each hand
We lose by and by.

I'm tracing your face up in the space of the bottom bunk
Oh Cordova
Where I cried and I cried
I knew I was trading on things that I didn't have
The things I didn't have

All That We Let In

Ooh, ooh, ooh
Dust in our eyes our own boots kicked up
Heartsick we nursed along the way we picked up
You may not see it when it's sticking to your skin
But we're better off for all that we let in

We've lost friends and loved ones much too young
With so much promise and work left undone
When all that guards us is a single centerline
And the brutal crossing over when it's time

Ooh
(I don't know where it all begins)
Ooh
(And I don't know where it all will end)
Ooh
(We're better off for all that we let in)

One day those toughies will be withered up and bent
The father, son, the holy warriors, and the president
With glory days of put up dukes for all the world to see
Beaten into submission in the name of the free

We're in a nevolution I have heard it said
Everyone's so busy now but do we move ahead?
Planets hurting and atoms splitting
And a sweater for your love you sit there knitting

Ooh
(I don't know where it all begins)
Ooh
(And I don't know where it all will end)
Ooh
(We're better off for all that we let in)

See those crosses on the side of the road
Tied with ribbons in the median
They make me grateful I can go this mile
Lay me down ant night and wake me up again

Kat writes a poem and she sticks it on my truck
We don't believe in war and we don't believe in luck
The birds were calling to her what were they saying
As the gate blew open the tops of the trees were swaying

I've passed the cemetery walk my dog down there
I read the names in stone and I say a silent prayer
When I get home you're cooking supper on the stove
And the greatest gift of life is to know love

Ooh
(I don't know where it all begins)
Ooh
(And I don't know where it all will end)
Ooh
(We're better off for all that we let in)

Rise Up

Dog at the window still looks all day never gets her fill
Cause a glance means a chance to break the birds out congregating
I have seen a look like that
You licked your chops from where you sat
Make your kill for a thrill and you don't mind waiting

Rise up your dead,
There's life in the old girl yet
Rise up your dead

When it bums you out, all the hunters sprung to pounce
And at best it's a mess like a nest infested
You remember there's more than this
There always was and always is
Tend the artist in your charges, you are full invested

Rise up your dead,
There's life in the old girl yet
Rise up your dead

And if you need to, read your mindless mag
Call me up for tickets, we'll go see Sugarland
And it gets better even when it's been a drag
Just move to the music,
You move your body to the band and
Rise up

Rise up your dead,
Rise up your dead
Rise up your dead
Rise up your dead (move your body)
Rise up your dead (move your body to the band)
Rise up your dead

Oh c'mon the summer's coming
The rain's been heavy and the river's running
Lose the cuff, it's been tough
But it's fast and proven
We've got sticks to hollow piles
We got stories lead to smiles
We gotta twirl when this world
I can feel it moving

Rise up your dead,
There's life in the old girl yet
Rise up your dead
Rise up your dead,
There's life in the old girl yet
Rise up your dead
Yea, yea yeah

Tether

Whatever it was, is wasn't manumission
To spill the blood, to pull the weed
You can bury the past, but it's a mausoleum
With the ghost of a fist, won't let us be

Can we bring it together,
Can we call from the mountain to the valley below?
Can we make it better,
Do we tether the hawk, do we tether the dove?

I kicked up the dirt, and I said to my neighbor
"We keep making it worse, we keep getting it wrong"
He tucked in his shirt, he stood a little bit straighter,
"We need a few less words dear, we need a few more guns."

But will it bring us together,
Can we call from the mountain to the valley below?
Can we make it better,
Do we tether the hawk, do we tether the dove?

Enduring love
Why so much and so strong, beyond this short existence?
And don't be still
You say there's a long line behind you
It's hardly worth the mentioning
But I will
Cause we may flicker and fade,
But we never will be through with this

I see this world battered but not broken
There's a fallow heart, it's waiting on a sowing hand
You can grow what you want,
But one day it's gonna rise up
So plant what you need to make a better stand

And we'll bring it together
And we'll call from the mountain to the valley below.
And we'll make it better
Let go of the hawk, we let go of the dove.

And I sing to you,
Can we bring it together
All you true believers
Call from the mountains
With the strength to see this
To the valley below
And not be still.
I'm telling you now,
And we'll make it better
Find the hope that feeds you,
Tether the hawk
Don't let 'em bleed you of your will
Tether the dove

 

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